Joan E. Mackin

December 30, 2020 West Grove, PA

Mrs. Joan E. Mackin, age 79 of West Grove, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. She was the wife of the late Robert J. Mackin. Born on September 28, 1941 in Doylestown, PA, she was the daughter of the late William and Emma Schmoock.

Mrs. Mackin was a longtime teacher of Physics, teaching for many years at Avon Grove High School. She later got her Doctorate in Education and taught at Penn State University and was an Assistant Professor at East Stroudsburg University. In her free time she enjoyed gardening, canning, family vacations, jigsaw puzzles and keeping up her home. She also was an excellent painter. Above all else, she never missed a teaching opportunity, both inside and outside the classroom. She was very close with her family and loved them very much.

Mrs. Mackin is survived by her two sons, Jamie Mackin and Scott Mackin, and her four granddaughters Beth Mackin, Madi Mackin, Katie Mackin, and Summer Mackin.

Services will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2020 at 2 PM at the Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove, 200 Rose Hill Road, West Grove, PA. Her interment will follow at the Kemblesville United Methodist Church Cemetery. Arrangements by the Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove.


  1. Dear Jamie and Scott,
    Your Mother was a good friend for many years at AGHS. We took several science classes together including an early introduction to computers through Radio Shack on Kirkwood Hwy. We were able to bounce a blip all around the screen after 3 hours of coding. I remember saying that I thought it was stupid but your brilliant Mother knew it was the future. We also spent several days visiting nuclear sites in PA including Limmerick and Three Mile Island. In fact we were there the day the first technicians went into the core for clean up. We watched it unfold by live stream.
    I always enjoyed her company and will always remember her with the fondest of memories. Please accept my sincere sorrow for your loss. Madame Marjorie Beachy

    Marjorie Beachy | January 9, 2021 at 8:23 PM
  2. Janis and I taught with Joan for many years. She was a role model to her students, teaching young women that they could make a difference. We worked together to develop future leaders through AGYEA. She was a great example to education being life long. She left behind a great legacy.

    Bill & Janis Schrader | January 8, 2021 at 10:46 AM
  3. Janis and I have very fond memories of Joan. We taught with her and worshipped with her family. We worked together to develop leadership opportunities for students in AGYEA. She was an excellent educator and role model for students.

    William B Schrader | January 8, 2021 at 10:26 AM
  4. I am very saddened to see this.
    Joan was an brilliant woman and great teacher and colleague.
    My heart goes out to her family at this sad time.
    Barbara Vanderkraats

    Barbara-Jo Vanderkraats | January 8, 2021 at 9:24 AM
  5. hugs and prayers at this hard time

    joe and lyn lupa | January 5, 2021 at 8:43 AM

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